We’ve seen Tamagotchi tie-ups with other pop culture titles before, such as Pac-Man and Hello Kitty. So far, though, both the yellow chomping ball and the Japanese bobtail cat have been used for accessory roles in the games, essentially serving as in-game friends to your digital pet. The Tamagotchi Star Wars: R2-D2 changes that by letting you raise and take care of your very own Artoo.
That’s right, you can now keep a version of Star Wars’ most popular astromech droid as a digital pet that you can check on every few minutes the same way you check on a regular Tamagotchi. Since it’s a robot, gameplay is a bit different than a standard Tamagotchi creature, with activities geared towards taking care of an impossibly cute robot instead of an impossibly cute living creature.
You know how Tamagotchis always start off with the pet hatching from an egg? That’s not the case with the Tamagotchi Star Wars: R2-D2, since it would be preposterous to have Artoo break out of an egg shell. Instead, you start with the Industrial Automaton robot in its full physical form, albeit without all the skills that allow it to be a helpful companion in your intergalactic adventures. Instead of raising a pet to adulthood, your job is to train this Artoo in the mastery of 19 different skills, although no information about any of the skills are listed. We imagine, it involves the kind of tasks the droid does in the movies, such as activating the rocket boosters to get up in the air, using its holoprojector, or helping fix broken ship engines. Or something along those lines.
Aside from teaching Artoo some basic astromech droid skills, you also have to keep it clean, powered up, and entertained by playing the integrated mini-games. According to the product page, it comes with nine such mini-games, including the pattern-based Dejarik Holochess game from the movies and a button-mashing Firefighting game. And yes, various Star Wars characters appear in the games, which should make this a treat for fans of the franchise. Fortunately, Artoo doesn’t poop, so you don’t have to clean up the way you do with standard Tamagotchis.
The Tamagotchi Star Wars: R2-D2 will, of course, require you to keep up your interactions with the droid. Failing to do so will allow the Jawas to sneak into your home and abduct your beloved robot, after which he will be turned to scrap or sold to moisture farmers. Either way… you’ll be relegating Artoo to a bad fate with your negligence, so his future lies in your hand. There will also be a host of pre-recorded pixelated Star Wars clips that will play on the screen at various times, allowing you to indulge in a little viewing entertainment as a break from the regular gameplay.
The game comes in the same egg shape as a regular Tamagotchi, with a choice of two shells, both covered in R2-D2 graphics. And yes, it uses the same low-fi monochromatic screen as old versions of the game, instead of the colorful displays of the newer Tamagotchis.
The Tamagotchi Star Wars: R2-D2 is now available for preorder, with shipping slated for November 11th.